We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Cover

Identity Theory

Revised and Expanded

Second Edition

Peter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets

Publication Date - December 2022

ISBN: 9780197617199

312 pages
Paperback
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $27.95

This is a much-needed and definitive synthesis and integration of the vast amount of work that has been produced on identity theory.

Description

The concept of identity has become widespread within the social and behavioral sciences, cutting across disciplines from psychiatry and psychology to political science and sociology. Introduced more than fifty years ago, identity theory is a social psychological theory that attempts to understand person's identities, their sources in interaction and society, their processes of operation, and their consequences for interaction and society from a sociological perspective. In this fully updated second edition of Identity Theory, Peter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets expand and refine their discussion of identity theory. Each chapter has been significantly revised and chapters have been added to address new theoretical developments and empirical research in the field. They cover identity characteristics, the processes and outcomes of identity verification, and the operation of identities to detail in particular the role of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive processes. In addition, Burke and Stets explore the multiple identities individuals hold from their multiple positions in society and organizations as well as the multiple identities activated by many people interacting in groups and organizations. Written in an accessible style, this revised edition of Identity Theory continues to make the full range of this powerful theory understandable to readers at all levels.

New to this Edition

  • Greatly expanded to cover new theoretical and empirical research including over 130 published articles since the original edition
  • Incorporates comprehensive updates for the chapters on emotion and future research
  • Includes new chapters on identity characteristics, as well as the processes and outcomes of identity verification

Features

  • Offers a much-needed full description and explanation off the work that has been produced on identity theory
  • Includes most current research of one of the main theoretical perspectives in sociological social psychology
  • Focuses on identity processes within individuals and as embedded in interaction and society
  • The authors are among the most productive and important sociologists conducting research on identity and their work is widely recognized and respected

About the Author(s)

Peter J. Burke is Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Division at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). He has served as Chair of the Department of Sociology at UCR Chair of the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Editor of Social Psychology Quarterly. One of the originators of Identity Theory, his research draws on Complexity Theory, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Simulation to understand (1) how individuals, acting as agents with specific identities, come together in interaction to create groups, organizations and societies, and (2) how these social structures constrain and limit the kinds of actions that individuals can take. He has published over 90 research papers and 5 books. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He is past chair of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Social Psychology and the ASA Section on Theory. He is the winner of the 2003 ASA Cooley-Mead Award for Lifetime Contributions to Distinguished Scholarship in Social Psychology. He is the recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation.

Jan E. Stets is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). She has served as Co-Chair of the Department of Sociology at UCR, Director of the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation, and Co-Editor of Social Psychology Quarterly. She works in the areas of self and identity, emotions, and morality. She is the author of 10 books and over 100 papers. Her Sociology of Emotions (2005) has been translated into Japanese, Croatian, Polish, and Chinese. Her Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions (2007) received the 2008 Outstanding Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Emotions. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. She is past chair of the ASA Section on Emotions, the ASA Section on Social Psychology, and the ASA Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. She is the 2020 ASA Cooley-Mead Award for Lifetime Contributions to Distinguished Scholarship in Social Psychology. She is the recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Chapter 1: Agency and Social Structure
    Chapter 2: The Origins of Identity Theory
    Chapter 3: The Development of Identity Theory
    Chapter 4: Identity Meanings and Resources
    Chapter 5: The Characteristics of Identities
    Chapter 6: The Identity Model
    Chapter 7: Identity Verification: Processes
    Chapter 8: Identity Verification: Outcomes
    Chapter 9: Bases of Identities
    Chapter 10: Multiple Identities
    Chapter 11: Identity Change
    Chapter 12: Future Research
    References
    Index